Granted, Trump has been railing against America’s trade deficit for three decades, making it one of the only consistent aspects of his political “thought.” But he’s never been invested enough in the substance of trade policy to, say, Google whether America runs a trade deficit with Canada before discussing that subject with its prime minister — let alone to read books about it. Economic nationalism might have been one of Trump’s hobby-horses since the late 1980s; but the supremacy of style over substance has been the North Star of his entire adult life. Making demagogic declarations of trade war — and then letting the Goldman Sachs wing of the White House quietly defang his threats — seemed perfectly consistent with the president’s broader modus operandi. … [Read more...] about Trump Raises Taxes on Chinese Goods, Eyes Foreign Cars Next
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How much water can Darwin actually spare?Despite the high volume of rain that pummels the Top End during monsoon season — about 1.7 metres worth hits Darwin each year — the region has an extremely high evaporation rate, with Darwin's dam losing about 2 metres' worth of water annually. … [Read more...] about Why can’t the Top End pipe some of its abundant water south to assist drought-stricken states?
For recyclers such as Smith, National Sword was a huge blow. “The price of cardboard has probably halved in the last 12 months,” he says. “The price of plastics has plummeted to the extent that it isn’t worth recycling. If China doesn’t take plastic, we can’t sell it.” Still, that waste has to go somewhere. The UK, like most developed nations, produces more waste than it can process at home: 230m tonnes a year – about 1.1kg per person per day. (The US, the world’s most wasteful nation, produces 2kg per person per day.) Quickly, the market began flooding any country that would take the trash: Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, countries with some of the world’s highest rates of what researchers call “waste mismanagement” – rubbish left or burned in open landfills, illegal sites or facilities with inadequate reporting, making its final fate difficult to trace. … [Read more...] about ‘Plastic recycling is a myth’: what really happens to your rubbish?